Thursday, May 9, 2013 @ 8PM, Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd ave)
Marty Ehrlich: Plowshares People
Brandon Ross: For Living Lovers
Dynamic evocative projects from two New York composer/performers!
Music for string quartet and solo woodwinds, from saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich, including the NY premiere of his string quartet Plowshares People, and two world premieres: Lay Down Your Weary Tune for solo clarinet, and Starlings Suite, for string quartet plus alto saxophone. Featuring Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo – violins; Lev Zhurbin – viola; Alex Waterman – cello. “For Living Lovers” is the instrumental duo of the exceptional acoustic guitarist Brandon Ross and acoustic bass guitarist, Stomu Takeishi, performing Ross’s unorthodox but highly infectious compositions. They are joined by JT Lewis –drums, and Stephanie Richards- trumpets/flugelhorn.
“…one of the most versatile jazz musicians, in terms of style,
of the last 40 years.” – The New York Times on Marty Ehrlich
Virtuosic woodwind player Marty Ehrlich is renowned for his work with Muhal Richard Abrams, John Zorn, and Anthony Braxton, as well as his own bands, who’ve released music on the Clean Feed, Tzadik, New World, and Enja labels. Ehrlich’s compositions for string quartet are both an extension of his composing for his highly acclaimed group the Dark Woods Ensemble, as well as a new vehicle for his work as both performer and composer, as he adds his own alto saxophone to the quartet in his world premiere Starlings Suite. Ehrlich’s solo clarinet piece Lay Down Your Weary Tune is a tribute to Bob Dylan – a look at the relationship between composing/songwriting and the art of developing a unique performative voice (something for which Dylan is quite known). With the unmatched experience and artfulness of his assembled quartet (Jennifer Choi and Cornelius Dufallo – violins; Lev Zhurbin – viola; Alex Waterman – cello), Ehrlich’s music promises to be sublime, multifaceted, and exquisite.
“Remarkably Creative… [Ross] combines the linear facility and
originality of Joyous Lake-era Pat Martino with the sheer decibels
and cathartic abandon of Sharrock and the liquid whammy-bar
articulations of Allan Holdsworth.”– Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
Brandon Ross is acknowledged as a guitarist, improviser/composer of inventive and exceptional music, known for his work with the band ‘Harriet Tubman’ as well as his work with Henry Threadgill, Cassandra Wilson, Tony Williams, & Bill Laswell. For Living Lovers, the instrumental duo with acoustic bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi, was conceived as a vehicle for exploring and developing the unique musical chemistry between the duo’s dynamic as improvising acoustic string instrumentalists. With Ross’s use of acoustic guitar, electric octave guitar, and banjo, various world music traditions illuminate and extend into a confluence of sound and form, evoking various cordophone instruments as found in Delta Blues, the music of North Africa, Japanese Court music or Folk music of North America. With the addition of drummer JT Lewis (whose work with Ross includes ‘Harriet Tubman’ and Henry Threadgill’s band) and trumpeter Stephanie Richards (a talented newcomer to New York who has been active with Asphalt Orchestra, Henry Threadgill, and Helmut Lachenmann), For Living Lovers evolves into a modern chamber music ensemble of introspection and revelation, an active illumination of the present moment through music.
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)
509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
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